Western Cape Drought Eases

The drought situation has eased greatly over the last three weeks although restoring ground water and dam levels is inevitably a long process after such a prolonged drought. The following table illustrates the three week  improvement and, even more significantly, the favourable comparison with last year. Figure 1. Dam Levels in the Western Cape as… Continue reading Western Cape Drought Eases


Cape Drought May 2018

My previous blogs on this subject have relied heavily on the University of Cape Town's Climate System Analysis Group's 40 year rainfall figures for Cape Town airport, to highlight the severity of the drought. Hence my disappointment to see that the Group had discontinued using the airport figures due to rainfall events 'not reported or… Continue reading Cape Drought May 2018

Global Climate Watch / Methodology May 2018

The plume of predictions in the chart below, produced by the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society of Columbia University's Earth Institute in New York, indicates an actual starting point for the sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly in the tropical Pacific Niño 3.4block just within the neutral band of normal ±0.5°C, indicating neither an El… Continue reading Global Climate Watch / Methodology May 2018